The Commission on the Status of Women opened on Monday March 10th and has been busy both with the number of events and following the negotiations of draft outcome document. You can review the Commission’s formal work via the UN Webcast Video Recordings and access the various papers at the PaperSmart portal Here Check out what your country said by clicking on the name of your country. What do do this of what was presented? Why not share in the comment box below.
This year we have been following closely the issues of human trafficking and prostitution within the context of the Millennium Development Goals noting that the root causes of such exploitative behaviors are the persistence of gender inequality, poverty, patriarchy, and male entitlement. I have been following the outcome document with the European and North American Caucus and focusing on side events that examine these issues.
Because of the work undertaken by the European Women’s Lobby and the presence of Sarah Bension CEO, Ruhama, Ireland, I have been more closely linked to this caucus this year. You can read some details from the EWL posting of March 11 and March 14.
Sarah Benson attending NGOCSW Briefing click here to see photographs. The orientation was facilitated by two past chairs of NGOCSW Leslie Wright on the left and Bani Dugal on the right.
On Monday afternoon March 10 there were a series of conversation circles. Sarah was engage in one on Trafficking and Migration Click here
Another circle engaged in intergenerational dialogue. The Working Group on Girls were excited to be involved in circle leadership Click here to enjoy the photos
On Tuesday afternoon March 11 the European Women’s Lobby sponsored a side event which Sarah Benson moderated Click here for photographs. A description of the event taken from the European Women’s Lobby website. “In the current context of globalization and neo-liberalism, the issue of prostitution is at the core of the inequalities between women and men: the system of prostitution makes the most of male domination, economic and social vulnerability, and discrimination against minorities. The organizers therefore want to address this issue, from the perspective of the most vulnerable women and girls, in different continents, to feed into the discussion on the post-2015 development agenda. The side event will be a unique opportunity to hear from women’s organizations from minority or migrant women’s groups in Europe, North America and Asia, about their reality when it comes to prostitution.” See the flyer Click here
The NGOCSW Reception was held on Tuesday evening March 11. The honoree of the evening was Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls of Fiji Read More Maureen McGowan of Handcrafting Justice was present and Nancy Fritsche-Eagan who recently went on pilgrimage to Angers were present. The Chair of NGOCSW is Soon-Young Yoon in Korean dress and my good friend Beth Adamson.
On February 26, 2014 prior to CSW 58 commencing Maureen McGowan hosted an orientation session for Good Shepherd Volunteers from Handcrafting Justice. Some other participants from the UN NGO community also attended More photographs here and if you wish to follow the material presented Powerpoint in pdf format